With overseas travel continuing to be complex, travelers are increasingly setting their sights on closer-to-home options.
So are travel companies. For example, new itineraries are bolstering dozens of tours already offered in domestic portfolios. These include an eight-day Southwest itinerary with visits to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. Other areas for new itineraries include the Cajun Country and Hawaii.
While large-ship cruises are currently grounded, smaller vessels are coming back to America’s rivers and seashores. That means Mississippi River cruises, small-ship Alaska cruises, the New England coast and other domestic options are possible for 2020. Caribbean cruises could return in the fall as well, but most bookings are being made for 2021. Expedia Cruises consultants are well versed in guiding you through bookings or redeeming a credit from 2020.
Some international border shutdowns are lifting. But these cracks are as uneven as the pace and progress of the Covid-19 virus. Health check policies are designed to prevent the virus from moving across borders. But many international border closures have yet to be lifted, so, at least in the near term, travelers need to confirm that they can get to an “open” destination and back to the United States without a quarantine requirement. These new complexities make working with a professional travel consultant all the more valuable.
Regardless of destination or travel mode, Covid-19 has brought new standards for all. Travel will be different going forward and will keep evolving as it always has. Still, it will continue to inspire, connect and relax us. It’s important that travelers build new requirements and protocols into their plans so they have a seamless experience. Expedia travel consultants are staying current with everything so they can provide the best guidance on making your travel spectacular.
People are often surprised by how great vacationing in our National Parks can be. And booking through Expedia Cruises offers distinct advantages:
Logistics - Securing reservations inside National Parks is no easy task. It often involves logging on exactly one year in advance and hoping to snag a hotel room or campsite.
Enrichment - I recently completed a 50-mile backpack from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite. It was glorious, as was another recent tour from Rapid City, SD to Salt Lake City, UT. Mount Rushmore is a grand, but narration from our guide truly brought it to life. We also explored Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Cost – Expedia Cruises can package your trip at a lower cost than you would pay if you did it all yourself. Because they book consistently, Expedia has hard-to-get rooms at National Parks set aside and discounts on everything from park fees to raft trips.